Go Ye Into the World

Mark 16:15

And He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.

Thought for the Day:  How do we begin to preach the Gospel to every creature? We say, “Here Am I?”

Last commandment: Go ye into the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. As I read scriptures and devotionals each morning, I wait to hear the Word God is trying to give me that day. Then, there are days when the Word is so obvious and I have to determine what it means for me in that moment. Today was one of those days. I read today’s Upper Room Devotional about Mary and the devotion she had for Jesus and how she listened so intently to Him. Then, I decided to pick up a very old Upper Room devotional book that belonged to my grandmother. It was dated October 1957. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” That devotional called readers to remember the “main task” – to preach the gospel to every creature. Words from a dying man to his son-in-law asked him why he stood idle when he should be out spreading the gospel. Then he said, “You do not work for Christ”. My reaction to that reading was a hurt in my heart because I asked myself the question, “Do I remember the main task – Do I work for Christ?” I later read another devotional by Chris Tiegreen that was based on Isaiah’s witness of worship in Heaven where he saw God in all His glory and the amazing way the angels worshipped. Isaiah 6:8 read, “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “’Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I, Send me.’” The devotional stated that we have an “exhilarating mission”. He said, “Like Isaiah, we stand between a perfect God and an imperfect world with an imperative: point to the Bridge between them. Live your mission as your highest act of worship.”

As a reader of the Upper Room Devotional, I am not sure today’s daily devotions speak quite as harshly as to say, “You do not work for Christ”. However, those words spoken to me from a 1957 writing along with the Chris  Tiegreen devotion from Isaiah made me stop and think about my life. What is my mission? Most of my personal mission seems to be taking care of my family and preparing to do a good job at work. What should my mission be? My main task should be to “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Can I do this easily as I take care of my family and go to work each day? Yes, the “world” is where I am in the moment. I can preach the gospel right where I am. “Here I am Lord, Send me.”

Prayer:   God, thank you for bringing words to us that were written to touch people almost 60 years ago. Those words written in a different style than today’s writings brought us back to the “main task” and made us think. Be with us as we respond to you by saying “Here I am Lord, Send me” and help us know how to “go into the world to spread your Word”. Amen.